Joan E. Bauer is the author of The Almost Sound of Drowning (Main Street Rag, 2008). For some years, she was a teacher and counselor and now divides her time between Venice, CA and Pittsburgh, PA where she co-hosts and curates the Hemingway’s Summer Poetry Series with Kristofer Collins. Her second, full-length collection, The Camera Artist, is forthcoming from Turning Point in February 2021. You can find her on Twitter @Joan_E_Bauer. If you like this poem, please donate to your local food bank.